Speak,.Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido August 9, 2012 Features biographies.

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Introducing one half of this Thursday’s feature… Maria Gallegos!Maria Gallegos is a working class Nuevo MeXicana born in Las Vegas, NM; calls the rural farming community of Puerto de Luna, NM her hometown but ‘Burque has been home for the past 19 years. Early in her life, Maria was taught the value of listening to the stories in the community around her- for those stories held the history and the truth. It was then that she decided to make it a life mission to meet as man…

y people as possible and hear their stories.After 17 years of working “for the man,” Maria left her work as an environmental scientistto do labor, political and community organizing. She took a year off from structured work environment to write and enjoy the New Mexico Sky Azul.

Maria has been called trouble maker, agitator, rebel rouser, hocicona, radical socialist and day dreamer (she prefers day dreamer/Mom/Hermana/Comadre/Daughter/Meztiza or simply- a
complex coalescence of cultures…)

Maria attended junior high school in Action City (Anton Chico, NM, USA- Go Tigers) and it was there she was required to memorize a poem for a Xicano Studies class. That poem was No Se Raje, Chicanita by Gloria Anzaldua. As a teen, Maria began writing in a journal- then her father found one of her poems… he confronted her and said that she had a way with words that was “dangerous” and he destroyed the poem.

After many, many years (and secret journal entries) Maria found her way to sharing her writings. She has had poems published in the National Labor College Creative Writing Anthology and,
in 2012, wrote four vignettes which were performed in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at events celebrating International Women’s Day. She did her first open mic poetry event in Espanola,
NM thanks to the support of one Adan Baca.

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Priscilla Baca y Candelaria a native of Atrisco, has been published in several Anthologies, her poem Mama’s Kitchen won a mothers day competition in 5magazine. Priscilla’s writings reflects her love for familia, jente and equal rights.

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